Utah County man to stand trial for infant son's murder

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PROVO -- A Utah County man accused of killing his newborn son will stand trial on murder charges.

Police say Cameron Nielsen abused his young son so severely that the baby suffered for months until he died.

It's been nearly two years since 6-week-old Jason Nielsen was hospitalized after what police call multiple episodes of violent abuse. His father, Cameron Nielsen, was arrested in June of 2008, a few weeks after Jason was hospitalized.

The boy was placed in foster care but died in October of 2008. After Jason died, Cameron Nielsen was charged with aggravated murder.

Prosecutors called a doctor from Primary Children's Medical Center to testify Friday. He said the baby suffered skull and rib fractures, injuries to his liver and was left blind.

"We felt the evidence was very compelling that this child was violently assaulted at least two times and the injuries from that clearly caused his death," said prosecutor Donna Kelly.

Two weeks ago, the baby's mother, who is now divorced from Nielsen, testified against him. Prosecutors also played a recording of Nielsen, which they believe shows him admitting to abusing the baby.

Now that Nielsen has been ordered to stand trial, he will be arraigned on the murder charge.

A trial date has not been set, but it will likely be several months away.

E-mail: spenrod@ksl.com

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